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The Art of War by Sun Tzu, Ralph Sawyer

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Nine Terrains
Sun-tzu said:
 
“The strategy for employing the military is [this]: There is dispersive terrain, light terrain, contentious terrain, traversable terrain, focal terrain, heavy terrain, entrapping terrain, encircled terrain, and fatal terrain. 174
“When the feudal lords fight in their own territory, it is ‘dispersive terrain.’175
“When they enter someone else’s territory, but not deeply, it is ‘light terrain.’176
“If when we occupy it, it will be advantageous to us while if they occupy it, it will be advantageous to them, it is ‘contentious terrain.’177
“When we can go and they can also come, it is ‘traversable terrain.’178
“Land ...

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